SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Feb. 18) – Seattle University softball defeated Montana, 6-3, Saturday at the Bronco Classic, claiming its first win of the 2017 season. The Redhawks (1-6) also dropped a 9-5 decision to host Santa Clara.

“We fought well today,” said Coach Geoff Hirai. “We rallied from three down to win the first game and then we kept fighting in the second game. We’re improving-we just need to clean up a few things.”

Montana went up, 3-0, in the second inning Saturday, but Seattle U rallied, scoring five times in the sixth to take control of the contest. After the first two hitters were retired, SU strung together seven straight hits to take the lead. Kaylee Ree hit a bunt single and Maddy Kristjanson singled, moving Ree to third. Madison Cathcart followed with a two-run double. Savannah Loomis tied the game with a base hit up the middle, bringing in Cathcart and chasing Montana starter Driscoll. Megan Ottino kept the inning rolling with a single and then Jessica Flanagan did the same, loading the bases for Sara Dominguez. The junior cracked a double to left center field, plating a pair of runs for a 5-3 lead.

Paige Bouska and Kristjanson combined to add an insurance run in the sixth frame. Bouska led off with a bunt single. Ree reached on a fielder’s choice that cut down the lead runner. Kristjanson then tripled to drive in Ree and make it 6-3.

Alyssa Reuble finished a complete game effort with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh, slamming the door on a potential Grizzlies comeback.

The Redhawks notched 14 hits, as Bouska, Ree, Kristjanson, Loomis, and Dominguez had two hits apiece. Reuble went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits. She struck out four batters in her first win of the season.

In the nightcap, each team scored twice in the first inning and then the Broncos posted four runs in the fifth, grabbing a 7-2 lead that SU was unable to rally back from.

Bouska walked and Ree got aboard via a fielder’s choice. Kristjanson’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, and after a strikeout, Loomis came through with a two-RBI base hit to left. Santa Clara rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, though, and took a 3-2 edge with a single run in the second.

SCU scored four times in the fifth, but the Redhawks would not give up. Cathcart blasted a leadoff home run in the sixth, trimming the deficit to 7-3.

After the hosts added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, Seattle U continued to work. Susanne Morris singled and Emma Mitchell followed with a homer to left. Santa Clara got two fly outs to end the contest, however.

Cathcart went 2-4, while six Redhawks had one hit in the game.

Seattle U concludes weekend action tomorrow, facing Montana (11 a.m.) and Santa Clara (1 p.m.) again Sunday.

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